Dear friends and neighbors,
It has been my privilege to represent you in St. Paul and to be your advocate – whether it was on unemployment or housing issues, business grants, or healthcare concerns.
My focus for the 2021 session was on completing a responsible budget without tax increases, holding the administration accountable and ending unchecked emergency powers, and supporting law enforcement who keep our communities safe.
The final budget agreement put an end to the emergency powers and restored the legislature as a co-equal branch of government. We defeated over a billion dollars of proposed tax increases, including increases to the gas tax and tax hikes that would have hit families and small businesses still trying to recover from the pandemic.
The compromise budget funded our shared priorities: increased funding for schools without more state mandates; increased funding for roads, bridges, and broadband; support for agriculture with funding for biofuel infrastructure, farm safety, and soil best practices grants; and additional grants for small businesses.
Minnesota workers and businesses were devastated by mandates and closures due to COVID-19. I worked across party lines to provide much-needed assistance to our small businesses – especially our restaurants, bars, gyms and others who were among the hardest hit.
With violent crime spiking in the Twin Cities, it is more important than ever that we stand up to extreme efforts to defund and demonize police. I am proud to support law enforcement and worked to make sure the budget didn’t include any bills hostile to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our communities.
We must continue to strive to be a state that prioritizes the basic functions of government and fosters an environment of freedom and accountability where students, individuals, and small businesses can thrive. The communities in Wabasha and Goodhue County are great places to live, work, and raise a family and – with your support – I will continue to work towards making this an even better place to do all three.
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